MP bids for epilepsy warning
WESTON'S MP is calling for a change in the law to force computer games manufacturers to put epilepsy warnings on packaging
WESTON'S MP is calling for a change in the law to force computer games manufacturers to put epilepsy warnings on packaging.The move comes after John Penrose was contacted by a Weston resident whose 10-year-old son developed the condition after playing a computer game.Epilepsy is described as a tendency to have recurrent seizures caused by a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain, leading to a temporary disruption in the normal message passing between brain cells. He said: "I was shocked to hear this game had caused an epileptic fit. Some manufacturers put a warning on the packaging while others put it on the instructions inside. There need to be clear warnings on the external packaging so young people, their parents and guardians can make informed decisions."There are well-established tests to show which scenes from a new game are likely to cause problems. Manufacturers should have to identify risky scenes and either remove them or include a clear warning instead. Currently there is no mandatory requirement.